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Travel / Re: Canadian Express Entry/federal Skilled Workers Program - Connect Here Part 8 by freeradical(m): 1:18am On May 29, 2019
Congratulations to all recent COPR recipients. Success awaits you all in Canada.

For those planning short-landing in Edmonton and want to avoid the hassles of immediately signing a lease I've got an apartment for short rental (July to October). It's a 2 Bedroom 1 Bath apartment 908sq ft located in century park which has both LRT and Metro station for easy commute around the city. The rent is $1050 a month and it includes one free parking, heating and water and electricity. Location of the property is Fairmont Village Saddleback road NW Edmonton.

Contact me via PM if interested.

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Religion / Re: Mary Is Not The Mother Of God by freeradical(m): 7:48am On Aug 15, 2018

Correction Bro: Jesus ddnt shift the focus from his mother to the woman he immediately shifted the focus from his mother to God. Luke 11:28 Jesus said More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it (NKJV), (MSG) Even more than that blessed are those you hear God's word and guard it with their lives

Seems you ddnt even read my comment for you to still asked this question.
Please read the comment I made that started with I did not deny Mary's motherhood in any way I made some very instructive points there . Thanks

The above illustration quite frankly is very naive and purely logical and only those who haven't transcended beyond logical reasoning will think these points are potent, I explained deeply and asked question on why John said "After me comes a man who is before me"
No one picked that to explain bcus ofcus it's not logical. Jesus also said your father Abraham rejoiced because he saw me, Brinf down this temple (that took 43years to build) and in 3days I'll build it back up.

Trust me bro none of this statements can be explained logically. If not that the Bible helped us to explain that of the temple and put it innbracket that (they did not know he was speaking of his resurrected body as the temple) quite frankly that could be a symposium discussion of what exactly he was speaking of by logical resealing bcus he mentioned the word temple and building back. There is no English meaning of temple or Greek or Hebrew that means a human body.

In my own view I believe the above questions are out of context of the supposed topic of discussion, in the defense of your point I must say you have steered into another topic of trinity.
"the five questions you asked shows clearly that I need to explain in full details the trinity with scriptural references for you to first know who God is, I am sure when you know who God is then you will know who he is not and why time is not a factor to be considered when talking about God.
I pray that God opens you eyes to understand who he is through this writings of understanding trinity IJN. Amen �

How can God be both one and three? Is the Trinity a contradiction? If Jesus is God, why do the Gospels record instances where he prayed to God?
While we cannot fully understand everything about the Trinity (or anything else), it is possible to answer questions like these and come to a solid grasp of what it means for God to be three in one(Even the Bible says we know in parts, we prophesy in parts)
One God, Three Persons

The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one in essence[/b]and three in [b]person. These definitions express three crucial truths: (1) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, (2) each Person is fully God, (3) there is only one God.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons. The Bible speaks of the Father as God (Philippians 1:2), Jesus as God (Titus 2:13), and the Holy Spirit as God (Acts 5:3–4). Are these just three different ways of looking at God, or simply ways of referring to three different roles that God plays? The answer must be no, because the Bible also indicates that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons.
For example, since the Father sent the Son into the world (John 3:16), he cannot be the same person as the Son. Likewise, after the Son returned to the Father (John 16:10), the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit into the world (John 14:26; Acts 2:33). Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be distinct from the Father and the Son.
In the baptism of Jesus, we see the Father speaking from heaven and the Spirit descending from heaven in the form of a dove as Jesus comes out of the water (Mark 1:10–11). John 1:1 affirms that Jesus is God and, at the same time, that he was “with God,” thereby indicating that Jesus is a distinct Person from God the Father (John 1:18). And in John 16:13–15, we see that although there is a close unity between the three persons, the Holy Spirit is also distinct from the Father and the Son.
The fact that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons means, in other words, that the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Jesus is God, but he is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but he is not the Son or the Father. They are different Persons, not three different ways of looking at God.
The personhood of each member of the Trinity means that each Person has a distinct center of consciousness. While Jesus and the Father are both God, they are different Persons. Thus, Jesus prayed to God the Father without praying to himself. In fact, it is precisely the continuing dialogue between the Father and the son that furnishes the best evidence that they are distinct Persons with distinct centers of consciousness.
Sometimes the Personhood of the Father and Son is appreciated, but the Personhood of the Holy Spirit is neglected. Sometimes the Spirit is treated more like a “force” than a Person. But the Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but a “he” (John 14:26; 16:7–15; Acts 8:16). The fact that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not an impersonal force (like gravity), is also shown by the fact that he speaks (Hebrews 3:7), reasons (Acts 15:28), thinks and understands (1 Corinthians 2:10–11), wills (1Corinthians 12:11), feels (Ephesians 4:30), and gives personal fellowship (2Corinthians 13:14). These are all qualities of personhood.
In addition to these texts, the others we mentioned above make clear that the Personhood of the Holy Spirit is distinct from the Personhood of the Son and the Father. They are three persons, not three roles God plays.
Another serious error people have made is to think that the Father became the Son, who then became the Holy Spirit(this is exactly how you think both in the q&a quote and the video you uploaded that's why you asked when did he become the son and the spirit etc). Contrary to this, the passages we have seen imply that God always was and always will be three Persons. There was never a time when one of the Persons of the Godhead did not exist. They are all eternal.
Let me review something shocking to you now. Gen 22 God asked Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac in one of the mountains which he specifically mentioned Mount Moriah and then you know the story a lamb appeared. I tell you assuredly, that lamb there was Jesus Christ, that was why he said your father Abraham rejoiced bcus he saw me, now what is very striking is that on the same mount Moriah where Abraham was asked to scarifice is only son, that was where God sacrificed his own son Jesus (Hebrews 13), Jesus was crucified on the same mount Moriah, Same way God even asked David to also raise an alter there in his time, this things are not coincidental, the three members of Trinity does not live or exist in time)
While the three members of the Trinity are distinct, this does not mean that any is inferior to the other. Instead, they are all identical in attributes. They are equal in power, love, mercy, justice, holiness, knowledge, and all other qualities.
Each Person is fully God. If God is three Persons, does this mean that each Person is “one third” of God? Does the Trinity mean that God is divided into three parts?
The doctrine of the Trinity does not divide God into three parts. The Bible is clear that all three Persons are each one-hundred-percent God. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each fully God. For example, Colossians 2:9 says of Christ, “in him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form.” We should not think of God as a “pie” cut into three pieces, each piece representing a Person. This would make each Person less than fully God and thus not God at all. Rather, “the being of each Person is equal to the whole being of God”. The divine essence is not something that is divided between the three persons, but is fully in all three persons without being divided into “parts.”
Thus, the Son is not one-third of the being of God; he is all of the being of God. The Father is not one-third of the being of God; he is all of the being of God. And likewise with the Holy Spirit.
There is only one God. If each Person of the Trinity is distinct and yet fully God, then should we conclude that there is more than one God? Obviously we cannot, for Scripture is clear that there is only one God: “There is no other God besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:21–22; Isaiah 44:6–8; Exodus 15:11; Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4–5; 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 1 Kings 8:60).
Having seen that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, that they are each fully God, and that there is nonetheless only one God, we must conclude that all three Persons are the same God. In other words, there is one God who exists as three distinct Persons.
If there is one passage which most clearly brings all of this together, it is Matthew 28:19: “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” First, notice that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinguished as distinct Persons. We baptize into the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Second, notice that each Person must be deity because they are all placed on the same level. In fact, would Jesus have us baptize in the name of a mere creature? Surely not. Therefore each of the Persons into whose name we are to be baptized must be deity. Third, notice that although the three divine Persons are distinct, we are baptized into their name (singular), not names (plural). The three Persons are distinct, yet only constitute one name. This can only be if they share one essence.

I pray God opens the eyes of every reader to revelation of who he is. IJN. Amen �

Thanks for reading
If you can understand the more mysterious doctrine of the trinity so clearly how come you are struggling to get why Mary deserves the title Mother of God which flows from everything you just wrote up here about the nature and composition of the Godhead.

You said it yourself that Jesus Christ is God the son and thus God. Scriptures makes it clear a Virgin will bear the messiah. Scripture makes it clear that Virgin was Mary. Jesus is both true God and true man at the same time. So how can you boldly say Mary is only the Mother of the man Jesus not the God Jesus.

In your efforts to appear less logical you have ended up confusing yourself on an otherwise simple conclusion.

We all know Jesus pre existed Mary as well as all of creation. When man fell, God set a plan in motion to redeem mankind. God himself will save us and reconcile us to himself. He chose to come through a woman, Mary. Until u understand that he came as true God and true man at the same time you will keep erring on this topic. He was God from the very minute Mary said yes to the angel, that's why Elizabeth's Child leapt for joy in the womb. That's why on his birth shepherds saw Angels come down from heaven heralding his birth. He is called Immanuel, God with us. The child Mary bore was God!


Religion / Re: Mary Is Not The Mother Of God by freeradical(m): 7:30am On Aug 15, 2018

Keep decieving yourself. can you prove any of your points from the Bible?
You are just one broken record. Point out the lie in the post let me give you the scriptural backing on it.

If anyone is out here to decieve it's you cos throughout this discourse you have been totally insincere. In the end your motive will become clear for all to see.
Religion / Re: Mary Is Not The Mother Of God by freeradical(m): 7:30am On Aug 13, 2018
What a display of ignorance by the OP and his band of Catholic bashers. I love the church because it is the source and pillar of truth. See how the Catholics have responded with scriptural and traditional (based on the apostles) evidence on this topic rather they have kept lying to themselves that Mary is not the mother of God. Let me lay the facts again for you all so you can read again but no Catholic here can make you understand. Only the holy spirit can....especial those of you who claim to be altar servers and born in catholic home.

1. The term Mother of God "Theotokos" as ascribed to Mary is a title. It doesn't mean she is the Mother of the Godhead which is the Father, son and holy spirit.
2. Jesus Christ from the moment of his incarnation(immediately Mary said those words to Angel Gabriel "I am the handmaid of the Lord let it be unto me according to your word", is both man and God the son. That is why none of you can answer to Ubens question that at what point did the God part join the man part that Mary bore
3. St Elizabeth was the first to use this title to describe Mary when she said mother of my Lord. Note the L in Capital...she was at the time carrying John the Baptist so was filled with the Holy spirit when she made this pronunciation. What is filling you guys to come here and dispute that? Definitely not the same Holy spirit.
4. The early church has been through this debacle. There were those who argue for "Christotokos" which means mother of Christ, and these are the Nestorians. We all know how Nestorianism ended....it is a false teaching that the early church fathers dealt with.
5. This is the way the Trinity works. God the father is God, God the son is God, God the holy spirit is God. They are not three Gods but one God because they coexist in perfect harmony. So if Mary is the Mother of God the Son, how does the title Mother of God not fit since God the son is God.
6. Whatever version of Christianity you practise it is folly to keep bashing the Catholic Church. This is because one way or the other there is an element of Catholicism you practise. It is not called the Mother church for nothing. That bible you r quick to brandish was given to you by the church. The church is guided by the holy spirit and all you lot have is the bible, which is a dangerous tool in the hands of someone who lacks the wisdom to correctly interprete its contents. Those books didnt just band themselves together over the centuries, people actually sat down under the guidance of the Holy spirit to piece those books together. You guys do not even know the validity of the version you are carrying now because the original texts were in different languages and before the reformation they were all in Latin. How sure are you the reformers translated every word accurately as the original Latin text they copied from (I'm not talking of the original texts of the books which would have been in Greek or aramaic). Yet if the church comes up with a doctrine you all are quick to argue brandishing your bibles as only evidence.

Mary is the Mother of God. That you dont like the sound of it means a different spirit from the spirit of God who chose her to birth the Redeemer is driving you. Be wary of whatever anti Catholic write ups you see online and don't jump to start bashing Catholics. Even Christ said it that the enemy will plant weeds amongst the good seeds. Pray for the Holy spirit to guide you to properly discern the truth. You do not have to be Catholic or agree with the pope. Your salvation is in your hands. You are not going to save any Catholic by dispelling lies and blaspheming against the Mother of God....how dare you call Mary a vessel. Even me never call my mama vessel. Is that what we want to reduce our Mothers to now.

Worship the Lord in spirit and truth and stop this hypocrisy!


Sports / Re: Argentina Players 'will Decide Team' For World Cup Clash With Nigeria by freeradical(m): 7:53am On Jun 24, 2018
Coach Rohr and his boys should just stick to the plan. With that last game formation and some discipline we will surely beat this team.

Our greatest undoing will be playing defensive for a draw. Let's go for the win and hope Iceland also beats Croatia. We can still win this group and get a better second round draw.

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Sports / Re: Argentina Vs Croatia: World Cup (0 - 3) - On 21st June 2018 by freeradical(m): 8:16pm On Jun 21, 2018
Even commentator just said Iceland will beat Nigeria when analyzing Argentina's chances....

Super Eagles this is your chance to shock the world tomorrow


Sports / Re: Argentina Vs Croatia: World Cup (0 - 3) - On 21st June 2018 by freeradical(m): 8:03pm On Jun 21, 2018
a win for Croatia gives them 6 and qualify and argentina will have just one point, we win iceland and draw argentina and qualify .[b][/b]If argentina win and then croatia beat iceland and we draw argentina we are out
Not necessarily if we score enough goals against Iceland. Goal difference will be d decider


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 1:16am On May 30, 2018
Thank you for your concern.

I gave the below update earlier - perhaps you missed it.

So I called the SIU this morning and spoke at length with the officer who had earlier commented on my GDL exemption application.

Long story short... application now approved. He said I can go for a road test any time from tomorrow.

Now, any advice/insights on acing the road rest at once? Thanks!!!

No p. I just replied from my mentions. Good to see that your predicament is solved. Safe driving out there man

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 12:23am On May 30, 2018
Hello People of God!

Driver's License issue here o. Please assist.

I've passed the knowledge test and dropped my Nigerian license. They issued a Class 7 license and told me to check back for a
possible upgrade to Class 5. To my surprise, I got a feedback that "At this time, your GDL exemption cannot be considered. The driving license that was submitted from Nigeria does not comply with the required standards to sufficiently support your driving history."

I want your advice before I ask them to explain what they are talking about...cos I don't understand. I'm in Alberta.

Cc: @mummyjaygirls, @freeradical, @Blackbuddy, @Fusion23, @Ballerz, @GlitteringStar

Thank you so much!!!
Well you probably applied for the GDL exemption with a fake license. I had the same issue even though I did not know it was fake before I submitted. There are security features on the license which you cannot spot with your naked eye but they do with their equipment.

Like @fusion said you can appeal the decision by calling the number on that your exemption letter which is the special investigation unit like I did. Take whatever documents u have to prove your case and go for the interview. Your best line of defense will be that you got a license from an agent inside FRSC. The interview can be intense because those guys are peace officers but if you have a letter of drivers record from FRSC they will accept that. Get your story straight and appeal.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 12:16am On May 28, 2018

grin grin grin True talk. Barbers and hairstylist are professionals in their own rights too. God bless their hustle.

The ones I know set up shops where there lots of immigrants. Imagine cutting an average of 20 hair per day at $20 to $25. Using a 24 days month, that is over $10k gross.
Na to go find shop oo grin
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 11:04pm On May 27, 2018

Haba cutting hair is not that hard now. There are lots of wives that now cut their husbands hair since arriving in Canada.

A clipper and trimmer (detailer) from walmart would easily get the job done.
True. My first haircut here was done by my wife who had never handled clipper before. Every other one after that has been me and I have no prior experience on cutting hair grin. Tho if I was a professional barber I'd take serious offense with @maternal for that phrase grin
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 9:03pm On May 11, 2018
Hi guys long time So someone was asking if he should get the FRSC drivers record. My advice is that anything you can get from Nigeria while you can still get it cos you never know how it can come in handy. I was Alberta bound but I still got the FRSC drivers record through the help of @mummyjaygirls who landed a month after we did. Even though i did not need it one instinct pushed me to do it. So it happened I lost my drivers license the day I went for my first knowledge test, which I failed cry , and the registry was adamant to enrolling me for the Non GDL driving program until they see my license. I had to wait for months after applying online for a renewal from FRSC which wasn't forth coming. Deciding to do the normal naija thing after waiting for months by asking a friend to hook me up with someone to get the license from FRSC office in Lagos. Dude ended up processing one fake license like that which I didnt know cos it looked authentic so I used it to apply. I got denied and exempted from the GDL exemption but was given a number to call and appeal. That's how I appealed and took all my documents including the FRSC record I didnt need. The peace officer only took note of that letter and said he recognized it as original. That's how he started apologizing to me that it was a trainee that handled my filenif mot they wont have denied me. He said they were aware that agents process fake drivers license and pass it as original to unsuspecting Nigerians applying from diaspora. That's how I was allowed to take d road test a d got my license the following week.

This is just one example. I've seen guys that got good insurance deals because they had a letter from their insurance company from back home. Once your instinct prompts u to get any document follow that instinct because the force moving you to Canada knows you are gonna need it.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:16pm On Mar 22, 2018
Hello e-family. For those in Alberta who knows when next the Nigerian High commission are coming to the province for electronic capture/biometric. I need to know before I go cast money begin carry family travel to Ottawa.

cc salford1, fusion23, vcole, maternal et al
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 11:32pm On Jan 31, 2018
Thanks @vcole, @canadianfly and @Nwandy218....you really did put my mind at ease.
Sorry for bringing u back to this but I just feel to chip in my own position on this matter because it's a health issue and a little baby is involved. I studied biochemistry and I know for a fact that X-ray damage DNA. Then if u consider that the neonate you are carrying is still undergoing a lot of cell division as they grow the risk of DNA damage resulting in a mutation is quite high at this stage.

I know others have done it and their children came out fine but that doesn't in any way eliminate the risk. The lead apron mitigates the risk but doesn't eliminate it completely. DNA damage once it occurs can never be reversed. Sometimes these things go unnoticed because it may not present any symptoms now until much later when d damaged DNA needs to start producing it's own protein. That may be at puberty or even much later in the child's life and then no one will link the effect to the real cause.

So based on this I advise you wait. Canada is always there and will still be there after ur baby is born. I was in the same boat too. My wife was 7months pregnant when we got ITA and I had to make this choice. I chose to not put my baby at risk in any way cos I would not forgive myself if anything were to happen to him as a result of a poor decision from me.

Now you know the full gist. Make an informed decision and I wish you a successful resettlement in Canada

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:49am On Jan 10, 2018
Congrats freeradical. I guess you may have some diageo experience with an associate of IGB designation right? You obviously proved yourself to be fit for the job. All d best!!

@canadian experience and canadian qualification. Let's look at it this way. If I am a hiring manager in Canada and I have a position to fill and I have shortlisted 3 candidates for the job. All qualified with work experience and who interview well. If I have one with a canadian qualification or experience in a similar role in a canadian company, another with a European or US qualification and foreign experience from Europe or the states in similar roles (bearing in mind that Europe and the US sometimes have reciprocal professional association agreeements for some professions) and then I have one with a Nigerian qualification and Nigerian experience. In order of preference who would I hire? I guess it's pretty clear that on a level playing field where all 3 candidates interview well, I may most likely make the Nigerian a 3rd option.

It's not a myth that Canadian experience and/or qualifications are necessary to get ahead. Most especially if you are in a regulated profession or if you find yourself experiencing difficulty getting a job or you do not want to have to deal with the possibility of job hunting for months without getting a job. So my advise is that you consider getting a recognised qualification or certification that is recognised in your industry in Canada on arrival or get a job sometimes in an entry level position that is relevant to your industry.

You are absolutely correct. Canadian experience here is real and is observed differently based on the industry or profession. Like no matter how sound you are as a doctor you just can't come here and expect anyone to hire you as a GP without taking the necessary steps to obtain your medical license.

That being said everyone should endeavour to check and research properly his/her own profession to know what works.


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:41am On Jan 10, 2018

I agree with vcole with her hiring preference. The Canadian experience is not a myth. The issue is people seem to misunderstand the need for Canadian experience. For the most part the Canadian experience the hiring manager is looking for is about the Canadian work ethics (which many, not all, new immigrants don’t have) and not necessarily the technical experience (which almost everybody has). Irrespective of your profession, you can actually get the needed Canadian experience (work ethics) working in any job in Canada (McDonald's, Tim Hortons, Walmart etc).

As for violating Human Rights Commission regulations, smart employers will not tell you the reason you are not being hired is due to lack of Canadian experience. So, how will you report them to the Human Rights Commission if they never told you that you are being rejected due to lack of Canadian experience?

Finally, I will share with you two situations that I am familiar with to show to you why I would hire the same way vcole mentioned. Note that these situations are not hear say as I was part of the situations.

The first one happened many years ago in my second job here in Canada. Having proving myself to my employer, when the opportunity came again to hire additional engineer my boss chose a recently landed Nigerian. We all had phones with international calling access on our desk in our cubicle, so my Nigerian guy started using the phone to call Nigeria everyday and talking anywhere from 1 to 2 hours everyday. You need to see the phone bills when it came at the end of the month. The only thing that saved this guy from being fired was that he was honest about using his desk phone for too many personal calls when asked. So he was only warned. The problem here is not just adding more expenses to the business expenses, the calls also suggested that he was on the phone too much when he was supposed to be working.

The second situation happened about 2 years ago. I have 5 Managers reporting directly to me and a newly landed Nigerian that I hired (in the name of being your brother’s keeper) was one of them. This guy had nice managerial experience from Nigeria but nothing in Canada. He started managing his staff the Nigerian way. His staff started complaining to me about it and I also see things by myself. I tried coaching this guy the Canadian way of employee management but he was just not getting it. Long story short I had no other option than to fire him before I lose my own job due to his poor management style.
We have to be careful as Nigerians because the Nigerian community here is growing and starting to gain some recognition from the locals and we don't want them to form negative stereotypes about us. It's a good thing you mentioned this here so we all can re-brand our mindsets.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:34am On Jan 10, 2018

There was an opportunity at my husband's workplace for junior accountants. Well, my husband recommended some Nigerians to them. They hired 4 people, sacked 1 after 1 year. How can you be a chartered accountant from Nigeria and still struggle with posting transactions. The other ones are still there but complain plenty. Using phone, going to the wash room more than necessary. The controller kept asking my husband why the new guys are still struggling with their years of experience. Let's just say they have since not hired anyone my husband recommended.
We need to realize that it's not only to write a full resume, make sure you can deliver on everything you wrote there.
You are completely right and have spoken well. To buttress your point with that of six sigma, management is a whole different ball game here. I'm trying to unlearn everything I know about management from Nigeria and replacing that knowledge with real people mgt.

I'm already job shadowing with some of the other managers and from what I can see I have to really modify my management style. Its worse if the work environment is unionized. There are strict rules to follow for basically everything. And they never ever shout or curse like we usually do in Nigeria to drive home our point.

It's really a bad precedence being set by some Nigerians in the past by failing to manage the change in their workplace and this will definitely affect others coming down the line. My best advice is that we must develop a strong work ethic. Our country is messed up compared to theirs because of the difference in work ethic. If you are putting in an 8hr shift here be prepared to be up and running for the whole 8hrs aside your allotted break time. All those rubbish we get away with back home won't fly here because once you don't put in enough time and focus to your work it shows I'm your result. This guys have amazing systems that tracks everything and there is nowhere to hide.

Getting the job is only the first part of the equation... Keeping it is where the main work lies!

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 5:03pm On Jan 07, 2018

Wow ! what a lovely way to start the new year. you are blessed ooh! you really know your onions bro. congrats.
please,is it possible to get a job in Canada without enrolling for any of the immigration programmes,that is without being a permanent resident? do i need a work permit for that?? i do not want to go through d process of an LMIA. you know the reasons of course. i need your response bro.
You can only get a job in Canada of you are legally permissible to. You must have at least a work permit to be legally permissible to work in Canada. No employer will be willing to break the law just to hire you. So even if u are in talks with any employer willing to offer you a job let them know your status as they can be willing to help you process a LMIA backed work visa if they need you that badly.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:58pm On Jan 07, 2018

congrats sir please if I may ask do u work in a manufacturing industry or O &G and if yes which city would you advise an engineering mentainance personnel to land in respect to job availability.

I am in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and of course there are opportunities in this industry almost every where in Canada.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 4:55pm On Jan 07, 2018

It's 100 percent true which I've been preaching on these boards. Unless you have to move to a different province because they specialize in the field you want to get into,move to a resource rich province like Sask and especially Alberta. While freeradical likes to preach God as it's the right thing to do, this is just the Alberta affect honestly. Cheap housing, opportunities, etc. Had he landed in a saturated place like Toronto, he may be second guessing his move to Canada. All about doing your research.
Senior if you understand where I am coming from and have worn my shoes you won't only be preaching but will be shouting out on rooftops.

See me wey them reject for Nigeria, roaming about without job for the past 20months, only to enter Canada and made management in the biggest brewing company in the world in less than 3months, and you say it's not God.

Forget that Alberta effect thing for once and see the peculiarity of my case. Am I the only immigrant that landed Alberta in the past 6months? I'm I the only one who attended job seminars? What are the odds of something like this happening? Heck, even the people where I work keep telling me they haven't witnessed such a thing. That I just broke a record! Who I sabi for Canada. I've never even been to Cotonou before I took the leap of faith to come here.

I'm not saying that I'm special in any way to others but when I attribute my success to God I know what I'm saying. If I don't speak the truth and take God's glory for myself then I'm not worthy of any of his favours. That's why I'm encouraging others to believe.

Work as though it all depends on your work, and pray as though it all depends on God. We will all have and share our testimonies

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 6:49am On Jan 07, 2018
I'm back people with yet another of my recent experience with career advancement in Canada. So you guys remember me telling you all how I got two jobs and was spoilt for choice over which to pick. Well to refresh those that may have forgotten I chose the big firm (even though the position was temporary and entry level hourly operator while the other was permanent ,full time but for a smaller firm) because I believed it had better prospects for career growth.

Well I took my humble pie and resumed for the hourly operator job on 2nd January and we were all placed on a 3day orientation and training program. It went on like that up until Thurs when something dramatic happened. After we have been dispersed to head to our various departments, as I was waiting in the lobby with my other colleagues for our department rep, I was approached by the operations manager who asked if I could spare him 5mins of my time. I obliged and he took me to a meeting room and we were immediately joined by another manager. I sensed I was going to be interviewed again, so I quickly psyched myself. The operations manager started by telling me he needed a new group manager in his department as one of his guys just got promoted and moved to another location and he feels I can fill that position. The next 30-45mins was a grilling but yet refreshing interview where I was mainly asked competency based questions that required I relate my answers very well to my past experiences (which all came from Nigeria).

Afterwards I left the interview feeling like what just happened and went back to join the rest of my hourly operator crew only for the heads upstairs to send for me again after like 30mins. When I came up this time, the operations manager was there to receive me and then he told me there is someone he will like me to meet. This time it was the overall Plant manager who is the top boss in the Edmonton plant. I almost froze to the floor but then as omo naija my head quickly correct grin. After a firm handshake with the Plant manager I was taken to a larger conference room just me and him. Then he started interviewing me again. As usual I kept relating my answers to past work experiences from Nigeria. In the end he thanked me and encouraged me to keep developing myself especially in the new job I was being offered as they strictly apply meritocracy in career advancement in d organization.

I closed from work that still perplexed at how fast my fortunes are about to change. I got home and was still narrating the whole ordeal to my wife when I got a call from the operations manager that I have got the job and if I'm willing to accept the offer. I answered in the affirmative. Then he asked me to come into the plant the next day(we were billed to attend a safety training off-site as the hourly operators) as I need to sign a new offer letter and start immediately on the new management position I was offered.

So people that was how I started the year/week as a floor staff but ended the week as a first-line manager. The purpose of my sharing this story is not to in any way pride in my efforts because I owe everything I am to God but to encourage someone/anyone who can dare to believe in the impossible. Yes miracles still do happen. It's not by he that runneth but on the Lord that showeth mercy. Be courageous my fellow naija Canadians. Go out there and claim what's yours!


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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 8:26am On Dec 25, 2017

Sorry if I missed it earlier, what town do you live in?
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 8:26am On Dec 25, 2017

Thank you so much. No I'm not scared. It's better to be well prepared. For the grocery shopping do you go to African stores or regular Canadian ones?
Yup, we shop from all of the above but majorly d Canadian superstores @vcole mentioned

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 6:07am On Dec 24, 2017
Hello Everyone,

Please I have been wondering about living expenses /cost of living in Canada on a month to month basis. If you could share your experience on this so far I am sure many of us will appreciate.I have watched alot of YouTube videos on this but I feel getting figures from my fellow countrymen will be better. You can please state your province and family composition then state things such as:

Groceries, internet, ave monthly rent, utilities, childcare, phone bills, insurance etc. I know this varies from person to person but it will give us an idea of what to expect.

So we can adequately prepare.

Searched through the thread, didn't see much of these.

Thank you in advance.
Lemme attempt this for a family of four with two pre-school age kids

Monthly rent.................853
Tenancy Insurance.........28
Groceries......................400 (being ultra conservative here)
Internet/cable TV...........105 (I'm getting this free for signing a one year lease with my rental company)
Phone bill......................110 (For two phone lines with Fido)
Child care cost...............769 (After removing the government subsidy)
Bus pass x 2..................190
Electricity bill..................50

These are basic expenditure you will encounter as a newly landed immigrant hence the request for POF. I didnt even add miscellaneous expenses. Now you have it. I hope this doesnt scare you off from completing your journey to Canada grin grin grin grin

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 5:15am On Dec 20, 2017
Let me kuku share my testimony even though it is incomplete. without God i am nothing so i can't but give Him all the honour.

I intend to write a book on my life experiences to encourage those who may have gone through rough and tough situations in life.

I will start from where it concerns this house as my testimony cant be shared in a day.

Before i came here i did series of prayers and a lot of prophesies were released concerning my relocation which included that i was going to get a very good job. When i got here i was applying hoping to get the good job but nothing was forth coming. Someone here introduced me to one of these part time jobs but because of my conviction that i was going to get a good job, i didnt consider it. My landlady tried to convince me to pick up any job while i wait for my "good job" but i would hear none of such suggestion. so tey we go church the guest minister used Joseph's story to reset my brain. She narrated how Joseph was told in the dream that he would be great but he didnt see it happen until he went as far as being a prisoner.

The next day being monday i called the agency that i wanted the job and started on a Tuesday. My people i never experience the kain pain wey i experience doing that job. You know coming from a background of armchair banking to that kain job by the second day i broke down. That night i cried like i have never and asked God a lot of questions. i just poured out my heart to God.

The next day naso i dress go work, As i got to where i normally catch my last bus to work, instead of waiting inside the hall until the time for me to resume at work was near as i have been doing since the last 2 days something just prompted me to go and enter the next bus and wait in the office. As i stepped out of the meadowville town centre i noticed one young filipino boy sitting in their bus shed smiling at me naso i smile back. Immediately he walked up to me and asked me if i mind his talking to me, i told him i dont mind. The next thing he said was God said i should tell you that He loves you. I turned to him and asked him if this is how evangelism is done in this country. He replied that he was not evangelizing. That he was to catch an earlier bus but the Holy Spirit said he should wait and that He is sending a lady to him whom He will give him a word for. At that point i remembered my prayers the night before and started crying. The boy was embarrassed and was like is everything okay with you? Do you need money? are you sick? Do you need prayers? I now told him how back home series of prophesies were released about what God was going to do for me and how i started one kain job 3 days ago. After narrating my experience, he prayed for me and as he was praying, he repeated the same prophesies i got back home. We eventually entered the same bus and dropped off at the same place because we found out that his office is behind my office. He got to know where i work and i found out that his brother is my supervisor. Naso later on, the man(my supervisor) wey dey hound me on my first day at work for being slow was apologising for not putting us through on the job before posting us.

one of his brothers working with me came to confirm my name some days later. During one of our break i had to ask why he asked for my name. he said his brother narrated his experience at meadowville town centre to him and that God has never spoken to him so clearly like that before. he sha said they intend to go back to their country to set up a mission field.

This experience gave me confidence that God knows about my situation and that He will do it in His time. Infact after that thing happened, if i work small i go just smile and say to myself "God loves me". As i am typing this i have even been relieved of the job as our contract ended on Friday. See as the thing pain me like say person die. It took my landlady encouraging me to reset my brain. Job wey i no wan pick before.

what prompted me to share this is the guy that said that everyone is rooting for my success and i replied that God's name is at stake on top my matter self.

Just be rest assured that He did not bring us this far to abandon us. He will settle us in His time not ours. And not the same time with others.

abeg no mind my grammar. i no go grammar school.
Inspiring write up. Your victory is already nigh


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 5:12am On Dec 20, 2017
Congrats @AZeD1 and thanks for also sharing and buttressing about being ingenious about our job search techniques.

I also did a Skype interview for a recruiter for a job in New Brunswick. Guess how I got the opportunity,.....LinkedIn. Dude head hunted me from LinkedIn. So my people you may all want to arrange your LinkedIn profiles Canada style (skill and achievements based) cos you never know.

PS my current boss has been my network connection on LinkedIn. I added him even before landing and have been sending him a couple of mails. The guy already has taken a liking to me because he says he admires my persistence and determination to advance my career in Canada.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 2:15am On Dec 20, 2017

It's really good to share though. Helps loads of people. I remember when i wanted to start the process and I read through several online forums searching for any doc who had gone through the process.........finding a Nigerian who had was like the proverbial needle and haystack situation. So be rest assured your feedback would help lots of people.
Baby is aii. Growing growing. I see Edmonton seems to be skipping the worst of the snow storm.
Yeah too much doubts are being sowed in people's hearts recently regarding relocating to N.America and I see the amount of energy being expended on the issue. With more people sharing their experiences people can tell facts from fiction.

Good to know our Canadian baby is doing aii. Edmonton is merely getting psyched up for d second wave of a blazing winter. Temperature has already dropped to -13°C today and from tomorrow we expect snowfall.


Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 1:45am On Dec 20, 2017

Congratulations! Very encouraging...
Thank you for sharing.

We are still in Naija but been job hunting and hubby got an interview request today ( put my sister's mobile number on his Resume). Trying to see if we could schedule a skype interview.

Blackbuddy please get ready for my plenty questions.

It will truly end in praise.
Awesome. It's always a good sign once you start getting calls for interview. Wish you guys success on the job search.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 5:24pm On Dec 19, 2017

Thanks so much. We just got our ppr last night so now it full power. Lol. I have just been smiling since, to scream sef no gree come.
Please what airline can you advise, checking out Ethiopian. Also like how many hours do I need for landing formalities before boarding to edmonton. Thanks
Your choice of airline will only be determined by your pocket size or how much u r willing to spend on flight against d level of comfort u desire through d journey. We used Royal air maroc and it wasn't bad. Had a 9hr layover at Montreal airport and that was enough to complete our landing formalities. Anything up to 3hours will be fine for the landing.

Congratulations on your PPR. I really share in your excitement

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 9:31am On Dec 19, 2017
congrats @freeradical. What it might take others years to achieve...you did it in a few month.
You applied wisdom. All you have to do is not take advantage of internal openings to get into your more desired role. i doubt they would let you go after 9months. All the best.
Free chilled beer anytime i show edmonton be that..
U no get shaking bro. But no shack d one the one we go read for breatholyser oo when u start driving back to your base. my hand no dey grin
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by freeradical(m): 9:29am On Dec 19, 2017
@freeradical great update. Congrats on the job.
Thanks madam vcole. I feel giving back to the thread I've gained so much from is only fair. How is our Canadian baby holding up?

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